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Luke 18 - NIV

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.

3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,

5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.

7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

The Little Children and Jesus

15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.

16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”




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Jonathan Meyer avatar
The Good, The Bad, & The Snuggly
Shared by: Jonathan Meyer on Nov, 2016
Summary: Jesus points to our salvation by the Father's grace alone, not by our works--first through a parable, and then in action as He welcomes children (even infants).
Richard L. Brown avatar
Be Humble or Be Humbled
Shared by: Richard L. Brown on Oct, 2016
Summary: This sermon is an example of the thought that every sermon should begin with praising God and remembering his great deeds. This sermon also explores the right frame of mind that the Christian must have in order to approach God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 18:9-418:14
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 564
Matthew Parker avatar
Humility is the Key
Shared by: Matthew Parker on Oct, 2016
Summary: A look at Jesus' story comparing the hearts of the tax collector and the pharisee.
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: *other
Views: 168
I. G. Spong avatar
The Delusion of Self-Righteousness
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Oct, 2016
Summary: Do we justify ourselves by comparing ourselves with others or do we compare ourselves with God alone?
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 103
Jeffrey  Sims avatar
Prayer meeting
Shared by: Jeffrey Sims on Oct, 2016
Summary: This is a sermon calling us to repentance from a better than thou attitude of the Pharisee
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 39
Clair Sauer avatar
Got Persistence?
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Oct, 2016
Summary: Christ is looking for faithfulness on earth. Our faithfulness is shown when we pray continuously and when we persist in seeking God's justice in the world.
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 24
Clair Sauer avatar
At Least I'm Not Like...
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Oct, 2016
Summary: We have a human tendency towards self-righteousness and judgment of others. Christ teaches that justification comes in acknowledging our brokenness, which also means recognizing Christ in others.
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 48
I. G. Spong avatar
Persistent and Demanding Prayer
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Oct, 2016
Summary: Do we persist with God? Do we give up and not bother to pray because we do not believe that he will hear?
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 65
Ernie Arnold avatar
God's Favorite Prayers
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Oct, 2016
Summary: Proposition: Jesus shares with that God's Favorite Prayers are: 1. Prayers that come from a Spirit of Humility 2. Prayers that are Confessional in Nature 3. Prayers that lead to Redemption
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: *other
Views: 426
Reverend Cooper McWhirter avatar
"In a Manner of Speaking": 'The Pharisee and the Publican' [Part Three]
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Oct, 2016
Summary: “There’s nothing wrong with me” can be a very dangerous thing to say.
Ernie Arnold avatar
Being Noah and Lot Ready
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Sep, 2016
Summary: The Kingdom of God is here. Jesus tells us that the day of God's vindication will come. That is a reality. The real question is will we be Noah and Lot Ready? Will Jesus find faithfulness on the earth when that day comes?
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Denomination: *other
Views: 271
David Hysong avatar
Nine Principles for Powerful Praying
Shared by: David Hysong on Sep, 2016
Summary: Biblical principles to take a person's prayer life to the next level
Bryan Beverly avatar
The Missing Ingredient
Shared by: Bryan Beverly on Jul, 2016
Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship.
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
A Pharisee and The Sinner
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jul, 2016
Summary: Jesus contrasts two men, and two attitudes in prayer.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Views: 2,263
W Pat Cunningham avatar
The Great Catholic Et
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jul, 2016
Summary: whenever Catholic theology gives an answer, it usually has the word “et” in it. There is always an add-on, an essential “and.”
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 112
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
An Exhortation to Importunity in Prayer
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jul, 2016
Summary: An unjust judge, an importunate widow - and the patience of God.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Views: 1,512
Dan Proctor avatar
God is Looking for True Worshippers
Shared by: Dan Proctor on Jul, 2016
Summary: Worship is the adoring response of mankind towards God. It involves expressing our love and thanks to God by magnifying Him and exalting Him. It can involve singing, praying, giving, thanking, reading, and obeying His Word
Series: The Gospels
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 696
David Henderson avatar
"Headed for a Fall" A message for kids
Shared by: David Henderson on May, 2016
Summary: Jesus taught his disciples that whenever people boast and brag about the great things that they do, they are headed for a fall!
Scripture: Luke 18:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 921
Neal Gracey avatar
Be Humble, Everyone.
Shared by: Neal Gracey on May, 2016
Summary: How do you and I avoid self-exaltation? How does your church avoid it? Beloved, humility is a matter of the heart and a complete understanding of our relationship with the Lord.
Robert Poole avatar
Pray
Shared by: Robert Poole on Feb, 2016
Summary: Luke 18-1-8. Persistence in prayer
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 325
Davon Huss avatar
Stagnant Christians
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2016
Summary: 6 common characteristics of stagnant Christians (Outline taken from Mike Mack in a small groups class at Cincinnati Christian University)
David Henderson avatar
"Never stop Praying"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2015
Summary: Maybe you wanted a special toy, a pet, or a new bicycle. If it was something that you really wanted, you didn't just mention it once, you asked for it over and over again.
Scripture: Luke 18:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 203
Fred W. Penney avatar
"When You Don't Have a Prayer"
Shared by: Fred W. Penney on Nov, 2015
Summary: A sermon on the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust Judge
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 864
Craig Condon avatar
We’re All the Same in God’s Eyes
Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
Summary: Have you ever thought that you were better than other people? If you have, how can you call yourself a Christian? Christians prove by their words and deeds that they are the same as everyone else/
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Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 1,808
Craig Condon avatar
Bullies and Braggarts are No Better than Anyone Else
Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
Summary: Jesus does not like people who brag or think that they are better than other people. He said that in his coming kingdom those who think they are better than other people will be made humble, and those who are humble will be glorified.
Craig Condon avatar
Pray Without Ceasing
Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
Summary: Luke included the Parable of the Unjust Judge to encourage the people. The parable is about waiting and not losing hope, heart or faith. If we pray earnestly, faithfully and regularly, Jesus will find faith when he does return.
Sherm Nichols avatar
The Man Who Went Home Justified
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Sep, 2015
Summary: #2 in a series. A message about being justified and repentance and a part of getting there.
Shawn miller avatar
Three lessons on Prayer
Shared by: Shawn miller on Sep, 2015
Summary: A description on three different people in Luke and Mark that show us three essentials in prayer. The Tax Collector teaches us to pray with simplicity (humility), the blind man teach us to pray specifically, and the widow teaches us to pray persistently
Perry Greene avatar
Turning Hearts
Shared by: Perry Greene on Sep, 2015
Summary: The idea of the sermon is the see the contrast between our tendencies to be self-serving or self-promoting versus having the humble spirit that promotes God. The Pharisee and Tax Collector in the parable of Luke 18.9-14 are the examples we will consider.
Tesh Njokanma avatar
GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO THE PERSISTENT IN PRAYER
Shared by: Tesh Njokanma on Aug, 2015
Summary: If you are persistent in prayer you may not get what you want when and how you want it, but you will definitely come to this conclusion about God and that is that GOD is FAITHFUL.